This morning your driver will meet you at your ship at 9AM for the approximately 2.5 hour drive to Berlin. Upon arrival, your local guide will meet you for touring.
Begin your time in Berlin with a short overview tour of the new Berlin. Located on the once desolate Pariser Platz, the Brandenburg Gate is Berlin’s only remaining city gate and has become a symbol of German unity. Nearby, your guide will take you to Berlin’s new Holocaust Memorial, which opened in May 2005, the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. The memorial commemorates the Jewish victims of Nazi terror. This striking memorial consists of approximately 2,700 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern on unevenly sloping ground. This symbolizes an undulating graveyard. You are able to enter and walk through the field of slabs from all four sides. You will experience the wavelike form differently from each position. This moving and solemn memorial contains the names of 4.4 million murdered Jews.
In the same area you can also see the Reichstag. The Reichstag was built in the late 19th Century to house the German Parliament. The building was badly damaged by fire, and renovations did not start until well after the end of the Second World War – in 1957. As part of the rebuilding, the dome and most of the ornaments on the facades were removed. The latest rebuilding project began in 1995 transformed the Reichstag into a modern parliamentary meeting hall with an elliptical dome. Please let your guide know if you wish to stop in for the journey to the top of the dome.
This afternoon, continue down Under den Linden to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Museum Island and visit the imposing Dom Cathedral. Once the court cathedral of Prussia’s royal family, the Berliner Dom was conceived as a Protestant answer to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. While Museum Island has several museums you could visit, we highly recommend a visit to the newly reopened Neues Museum, home to Berlin’s fantastic Egyptologist collection including several mummies and the famous bust of Nefertiti. Note: an appointment is required for this visit so the order of your touring may change to reflect this. After touring, your guide will remain behind in Berlin and you will return with your driver to your ship.